Sen. Charles Schumer, who pushed the Drug Enforcement Administration for its creation, called it the first of its kind in the country.
Sharissa Turk, who authorities said works at Edible Arrangements on Staten Island, and 31 others between the ages of 18 to 54 face multiple charges.
Dr. David Brizer pleaded not guilty to the charges in Rockland County Court and remains free on bail. If convicted, Brizer could face up to seven years in prison.
Dr. Robert Gibbs was arraigned on charges that he supplied the head of a narcotics trafficking ring, Ronald Vaughan, with 700 prescriptions for oxycodone, amounting to 130,000 pills, according to prosecutors.
A New York doctor admitted in federal court in New Jersey on Thursday that he wrote illegal prescriptions for oxycodone.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Ji Yun Lee “functioned as a ‘go-to’ prescription pill dispenser for those who were willing to pay his inflated prices.”
The charges were announced in an indictment Thursday against 58-year-old Stan Li.
Anesthesiologist Dr. Arnold Roth is accused of selling prescriptions for oxycodone with an estimated street value of $450,000 to an alleged narcotics dealer and at least three others, the AG’s office announced.
Officers recovered a loaded .40-cal. Taurus semiautomatic handgun, a loaded 9mm Sig Sauer semiautomatic handgun, 195 tablets of Oxycodone, and four additional small Ziploc bags of marijuana in the stop.
Stunning charges have been levied against a doctor accused of causing the deaths of two of his patients. In a federal indictment, the Long Island physician is charged with over-prescribing deadly doses of OxyContin.
New York authorities say they’ve shut down a prescription drug ring that made more than $80,000 in illegal sales.
The doctor, 64-year-old Rohan Wijetilaka of Manhattan, was arrested Wednesday night. His practice in Yonkers was raided Thursday by federal agents.
Soon, when you got to a doctor in New York, he or she will be able to see all of the prescriptions you’ve had for painkillers.
One of those charged, a doctor from Great Neck, is accused of conspiring to distribute oxycodone to “shoppers” he knew were reselling to addicts, prosecutors said.
Major pharmaceutical companies saw dollar signs when they first began to push doctors to freely prescribe powerful opiate-based painkillers for just about anything, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported. Now there is a major public health crisis.